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Tennis in Cyprus

Combine some family down time with rst-class tennis

coaching at the ve-star Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus. The

breathtaking Mediterranean backdrop could be more than

a little distracting for those trying to perfect their lob and

backhand, but the coaches at the Annabel Croft Tennis

Academy ensure focus remains well and truly on the ball.

Group and private coaching is available, and the repetitive

hitting and drill-based exercises are aimed at rening footwork

and positioning to develop greater technical and tactical

understanding of the game. With friendlies (and some highly

competitive "not so friendlies"), events and tournaments

throughout the week, there are plenty of opportunities for

families to put their new-found skills to the test.

Price for a family of four (children under 12) from £3,058 based

on seven nights half-board in a junior villa with private pool and

including ights, transfers and two hours of tennis coaching per

child, per day for ˆve days; aphroditehillsresortholidays.com

Rugby and netball coaching

in Sardinia

It took all my resolve to hold o� running to my daughter's defence

as the 6ft 7in, 18 stone Martin Johnson (captain of England's 2003

Rugby World Cup-winning team) bore down on her as she charged

across the rugby pitch, ball neatly tucked under her arm. "Do what

you do best, communicate," yelled fellow World Cup winner Austin

Healey, encouraging Molly to interact with her teammates.

Despite having a rugby fanatic dad, Molly had never shown

much interest in rugby before arriving at Forte Village. However,

after a morning of riotous

fun, the biggest dilemma of

the week was whether to

stick with rugby or to join

the netball academy, headed

up by England Netball head

coach Anna Mayes. Luckily for

Molly, SuperSkills' —exibility

allowed her to do both.

"This week is about sport

and fun, but it's also about

friendship and inclusiveness,"

Healey had said on night one.

He wasn't paying lip service

- we'd expected the SuperSkills coaches to be on the sports pitch

in the morning, but hadn't really thought they'd be hanging out

on the beach, dive bombing in the pool, or joining us for drinks

in the evening. It's fair to say that while parents of a certain age

consider the likes of Johnson, Healey and fellow coach and World

Cup winner Jason Leonard sporting legends, the kids saw them as

nothing more than good teachers and terric fun. It wasn't long

until the adults saw them in the same way.

Forte Village is a 140-acre green oasis on the southwest coast

of Sardinia. It's the perfect family resort, with numerous pools

and a plethora of sporting academies (including football, cricket,

swimming and biking) running alongside the SuperSkills o�ering.

Its refurbishment is warranted, but the resort has a warmth and soul

that's lacking in so many places, and provides an environment where

even the most neurotic parent is happy to loosen the reins and allow

little ones some freedom and independence.

And SuperSkills actually delivers what it promises - sports coaching

with sports legends, and a great family holiday to boot.

Price for a family of four (two adults and two children under 13) from

£5,450 based on a seven-night stay in an Il Villaggio family bungalow

on a half-board basis and including participation in the netball or

rugby academy for two children. Excludes ights but includes transfers;

superskillsexperiences.com

THE BIGGEST

DILEMMA OF THE

WEEK WAS WHETHER

TO STICK WITH RUGBY

OR TO JOIN THE

NETBALL ACADEMY

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